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Graduate students participate in the first official Corn hole tournament in the gym of the Student Recreation Center on Nov. 6. Dustin Gruber and Logan Stuke won 21-17. 

Emporia State held its first ever cornhole tournament in the gym of the Student Recreation Center Oct. 30. The goal of cornhole is to toss a bean bag a small distance onto a slanted board and get to exactly 21 points before the other team. 

“You get three points for going in the hole and one point if you just land on it,” said Dustin Gruber, senior health and human performance major, who kept score for the tournament. “I like helping to host the event. I think it’s good to get out there and be social. Cornhole is fun, it’s more one on one competitive but it’s not as aggressive as some other sports like asketball.” 

In the final round Gruber and his partner, Logan Stuke, played against Zhentai Jin, graduate business student, and Jeremy Chase, graduate business student. Gruber and Stuke won 21-17 after Jin and Chase exceeded the 21-point limit. 

“This was our first tournament, so I think we did really good,” Chase said. “Xixi signed up so we heard about it from her. It’s laid back but it’s still competitive. I’ve been playing since high school and it’s a really good time.” 

According to his partner Jin, they could have won but narrowly exceeded the score and had to play another round which they lost. 

“I really like experiencing that comeback,” Jin said. “We were down by over 15 points but then we got 22 points and broke the score and we ended up losing.” 

If a team exceeds 21 points, that rounds score is nullified for that team. 

“It used to be much more difficult for us when we used to play,” said Xixi Lee, graduate teaching assistant. “(Yifang) and I work in the same office. We don’t practice very often but we play it a lot together in office parties or together when we go to the bar. It’s a very fun party game.” 

Lee and her partner Yifang Hao, graduate student in the same office, did not advance to the final round but say they had a lot of fun just playing with other people. 

“We don’t really have this in China,” Hao said. “It is very interactive; we like to play at the office or when we go to Bourbon Cowboy. I like tennis a lot, and it’s competitive like that but not too much. This was our first time playing officially but we would certainly do it again.” 

For more information on events visit www.emporia.edu/ student-life/mem-union-rec-center/student-recreation-center or call 620-341-6778. 

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